Rory Has His Poulter at Medinah Moment
It was a remarkable opening day to the 41st Ryder Cup, which saw the Europeans stunningly crushed by a rampant and inspired USA in the morning foursomes, before the away team rallied to cut the deficit to just two points as we enter Saturday. Darren Clarke's two highest ranked players, Rory McIlroy and Henrik Stenson, were immense in the fourballs, with the Northern Irishman (who spoke of becoming a team leader) producing a brilliant eagle on the 16th to close out world number two Dustin Johnson and the reliably consistent Matt Kuchar.
His timing and play was similar to his display to win the FedEx Cup, but the exuberant and public celebration took the moment to another level entirely. He wanted to "put an exclamation point" at the end of a great session for Europe, and his visible passion at the end was a performance for his team mates. He sought to fire them up. It was a reminder of Ian Poulter's finish on the Saturday at Medinah (when playing with Rory). The USA may have the lead, but the men from the continent have the momentum. And they are being led by the four-time major champion.
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